2015 Lifestyle-Changing Resolutions!

new year!I have never actually set a New Year’s resolution before (and 2015 is not the year for me to start) so that obviously makes me the perfect person to suggest a few!  I think it’s great to have goals and work towards them, I just don’t like the idea of saving them all for January 1st.  Some people do though and are ambitious enough to stick with them the entire year.  Kudos to that!  If you subscribe to resolutions or not, here are some lifestyle changes you can work towards throughout the year, and, coincidentally, some resolutions you can START TODAY!

Stop caring.

This may be the most cliché of them all, but it’s probably the most important, seriously.  Caring about what other people think is simply a waste of time, especially if it holds you back.  If you find yourself in this position, just ask yourself “why?” and the triviality of it will hopefully come to you.

Get out of your comfort zone.

Tried and tested, this one really works.  Being content with how things are can be dangerously comforting, but don’t remain satisfied with stagnation.  Removing yourself from your “normal” is the only way to grow!

Get lost.

In Thoreau’s Walden, he said “Not until we are lost… do we begin to understand ourselves.”  Getting lost is a surefire way to rely on only yourself and test what you’re made of; it shows you just how much you’re actually capable of.

Stuck in a rut?  Get the fuck out.

It’s easy to slip into a daily routine that ends up lasting years, so might as well catch yourself before the fall.  If you aren’t happy with the way you are currently living or the people you are surrounded by, than it’s time to make a change and get on outta there.

Make some changes.  It’s okay.

Making drastic life changes can be scary and people will probably judge you for taking a risk, but who cares?  Sure, it’ll come with uncertainty and instability at first, but semi-intentional, self-inflicted unhappiness is worse.

Rid your life of excess.

Try writing down everything you use in a week; the miniscule amount will probably surprise you.  The colossal extent of stuff we collect over time is kind of crazy if you think about it, especially when the essentials are so few.

Take pictures.

Obviously don’t go overboard and just take thousands of selfies, but do try to take a couple pictures that will capture the day.  The amount of detail you’ll be able to recall from just one picture will make it easier to remember all the little things.

Learn something!

Maybe you’ve always wanted to learn how to play a certain instrument or speak a different language, so why procrastinate any longer?  There are so many resources out there that can help you reach your goals, and it’s always fun to pick up a new hobby!

Take action. Stop putting things off.

We all have things we say we’ll “get around to eventually,” but that can be a slippery slope that will easily lead to zero action.  The basic act of starting something is usually the main obstacle, so stop making excuses and just go for it!

Don’t conform.  Stay original.

Judy Garland once said, “Always be a first rate version of yourself and not a second rate version of someone else.”  I like to think about this in regards to meeting new people or going on dates.  Whoever you’re with will find out just how amazingly weird you are eventually, so stop trying to convince everyone that you’re normal.

Ask yourself a simple question: “Why am I doing this right now?”

This one is my favorite.  It’s such an easy question but not one that we usually ask ourselves.  Why are you doing what you’re doing?  It may seem odd at first, but truthfully a lot of the time our actions are done out of boredom or compliance.  If the answer to this question doesn’t match up with your personality or goals, that should be reason enough to change.

Have any of you made resolutions for 2015 or have thoughts on these?  If so, share ‘em in the comments!

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5 responses to “2015 Lifestyle-Changing Resolutions!

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    • Thanks Michael! I guess that one was more for people who have yet to make it out of their comfort zones. Have you read Pico Iyer’s new book ‘The Art of Stillness’? It’s all about slowing down in such a fast-paced world. You might enjoy it!

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